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Tips for Teaching ESL Online

Instructor: Jacob Compton

Jacob has taught ESL in three Asian countries and has a master's degree in education.

In this lesson you will learn some helpful tips and strategies for teaching English as a second language (ESL) online. This lesson covers tips on teaching students how to speak, write, read and listen. Continue reading to learn more.

Tips for Teaching ESL Online

When teaching English as a second language (ESL), there are several aspects that you need to cover with your students, including speaking, writing, reading, and listening. Another component of teaching online is having assignments to grade. Most of your grading can come from Internet forums or virtual discussion pages, and you can easily post tests and quizzes online too. Let's look in more depth at some strategies for teaching online ESL students.

Speaking Instruction

One question that might be on your mind and those of your students is 'What about speaking?' Recordings help a lot. There are different ways to record a person's voice on the Internet, and having them record their own voice is relatively easy. Because computers differ, allow for several different recording formats in case a student's computer does not support the style of recording that you prefer.

A big problem with speaking is that a lot of speaking comes from listening and repeating. So how do you get your students to repeat after you in an online classroom where instruction may not be in real time?

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